A little home cooking is all the Wizards needed as they bounced back with an 112-105 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night. Wall was serenaded with “MVP” chants as he led the team with 18 points and 18 assists tonight. Marcin Gortat had a double-double as well with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Bradley Beal was the team’s high-scorer with 22.
Gortat picked up his second foul early in the game as was forced to the bench. Jason Smith came in and not only did he hold is own, he even blocked Karl-Anthony Towns as he went up for a dunk.
The Wizards shot 65 percent in first quarter but led by just three, 32-29.
Smith continued his block party, this time as Zach LaVine was going up to dunk the ball. After some sloppy play from both teams, the Wizards utilized a 7-0 lead to take a 49-45 lead late in the second quarter. John Wall would zip as pass to Gortat for an easy dunk as the Wizards ended the quarter on a 14-3 run to lead, 56-48 at halftime.
The Wizards were able to balloon the lead to 14, 66-52, but the Wolves came back with a ferocious run. Andrew Wiggins, scored 41 points tonight and hit many tough shots in the third quarter to get the Wolves back in this one. The tables turned as the Wolves ended the quarter on a 33-14 run to take a 85-80 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Wiz started the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run behind some hot shooting from Otto Porter while Wall and Gortat were running the pick-and-roll to a T. The teams alternated lead changes and ties but Wall would race down the court on two straight possessions for layups to give the Wizards the lead.
Bradley Beal would hit a three-pointer with 50 seconds left to put the Wizards up 108-103 and they wouldn’t look back. Wiz win 112-105.
MVP MVP MVP
As mentioned, Wall had 18 points and 18 assists while only committing three turnovers. Wall got his teammates involved early and didn’t crack double-digits in points until midway through the third quarter. Wall found guys in the corner for three, attacked the hole, and was executing the Pick-and-Roll with Gortat perfectly tonight. All around, an excellent performance from Wall.
Jason Smith had a really solid game
For as much crap as Jason Smith as taken this season, he had a really solid performance tonight. Smith ended the night with 10 points on 5-8 shooting and as mentioned, had two nice blocks against Towns and then Wiggins. When he was in, he was often guarding Towns and did a damn good job of holding his own. As of late, Smith has been the best player off of the Wizards bench.
Wizards have no answer for Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins was simply unstoppable tonight. The third-year star scored 41 points tonight on 16-30 shooting. Otto Porter had his hands full all night with Wiggins. Wiggins was able to get in the paint, hit tough shots over whoever was guarding him, and got to the free-throw line where he made eight of his 10 attempts. Towns ended the night with 18 points but fortunately for the Wizards, LaVine was never able to get going.